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Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Dou­glas Dickie

A long de­funct Cam­bus­lang football club could have net­ted one cou­ple £ 1,000 af­ter it ap­peared as an an­swer on pop­u­lar BBC quiz show Point­less.

While go­ing for the jack­pot last week, Chev and Danny from Carlisle were asked to name the in­au­gu­ral mem­bers of the Scot­tish football league, 19th cen­tury football league teams or 19th cen­tury FA Cup win­ners.

The cou­ple scooped the prize with their an­swer of Glos­sop North End as an English league team be­fore 1900, but Cam­bus­lang FC would also have seen them take the prize.

Founded in 1874, the club was ini­tially called Ex­cel­sior. They played their home games at Bogs­hole Park in Cam­bus­lang Pub­lic Park be­fore they won the right to call them­selves Cam­bus­lang when they played and beat a ri­val team from Half­way.

Along with Air­drie, Air­driehill, Drumpel­lier, Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cals, Glen­gowan, Cly­de­bank, Ud­dingston, Wes t Ben­har, Ben­har and Stonelaw, Cam­bus­lang were founder mem­bers of the La­nark­shire Count y Fo o t b a l l As­so­ci­a­tion in 1879.

Cam­bus­lang, who wore dark blue shirts and white shorts, went on to win the La­nark­shire Cup on two oc­ca­sions.

Per­haps their most fa­mous feat was reach­ing the Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal in 1888. How­ever, their 6- 1 loss at the hands of Ren­ton re­mains the joint-worst de­feat in Scot­tish football’s show­piece game.

There was some con­so­la­tion that year though when they beat Rangers 3-1 in the first ever Glas­gow Cup fi­nal.

In 1890, Cam­bus­lang were joined by the likes of Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, St Mir­ren and Ren­ton in play­ing in the first ever Scot­tish league.

They fin­ished a cred­i­ble fourth, with the tro­phy be­ing shared be­tween Rangers and Dum­bar­ton.

The next sea­son was less suc­cess­ful. Cam­bus­lang fin­ished 11th out of 12 teams and did not seek re-elec­tion to the league.

They made no at­tempt to play in the new sec­ond divi­sion and even­tu­ally wound up in 1897 while play­ing in the Scot­tish Al­liance League.

Dur­ing their short time in football, the club also played in West­burn and

Home game Cam­bus­lang FC played their home games at White­field Park, which is now a pop­u­lar bowl­ing club

What’s the point Pop­u­lar TV quiz show, Point­less, stars Alexan­der Arm­strong and Richard Os­man

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